Laparoscopic Liver Surgery
Laparoscopic hepatectomy is a minimally invasive procedure in which the
liver is partially resected via several small incisions instead of one
Laparoscopic surgery provides many potential advantages compared to conventional
Less risk of complications, such as post-operative infection, blood loss
and blood transfusions
- Less pain and scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery, enabling a quicker return to normal activities
During the procedure, a laparoscope (a narrow tube with a camera) is inserted
through one small incision. This allows the surgeon to see the liver via
a high definition monitor. Several thin instruments are inserted through
additional small incisions in order to remove the area of the liver where
the tumor is located, along with a margin of healthy surrounding tissue.
Beyond standard laparoscopic techniques, Hoag-USC surgeons utilize new
technologies to overcome the limitations of traditional laparoscopic surgery.
Innovative technologies such as laparoscopic hand-access devices allow
Hoag-USC surgeons to place their hand into the abdomen during a laparoscopic
surgery and perform many of the precise functions of the hand that were
previously possible only during open surgery.